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Berwick's Top 7 Concerns About Healthcare Reform

Margaret Dick Tocknell

Former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services chief Don Berwick urges healthcare stakeholders to be vigilant in making sure that real healthcare reform continues, and shares his concerns about costs, the role of prevention, and healthcare insurance exchanges. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Low HCAHPS Scores at Safety Net Hospitals Examined

On nearly every measure of the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Survey patient experience questionnaire, safety net hospitals scored 5.6 percentage points lower than their non-safety net counterparts, a review of survey responses shows. Researchers offer two explanations for the disparity. >>>

Develop HIX Now, MD Official Urges States

States that sit idly waiting for the results of the November election before they commit to health insurance exchanges will face a "herculean effort" to establish their exchanges, says Maryland's lieutenant governor. >>>

Physicians Weigh In on SGR Debate

Five physician group representatives added their voices to the sustainable growth rate debate at a Congressional roundtable about Medicare payments. But they were unable to offer a fix by January 2013, and reiterated that current plans for reimbursement cuts could put many physician practices and hospitals out of business. >>>

Recovery Auditor Prepayment Review Demo Still Pending

With temperature records being broken by the hundreds, there's no question that summer is in full swing. So where is the launch of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Recovery Auditor prepayment review demonstration? >>>

ACOs' Real Test Will Come with Two-Sided Risk

The announcement this week of 89 Accountable Care Organizations is like a college acceptance letter: Great work so far, you got in, now the real work begins. The project's viability will be proved only when ACOs have to sign up for their second contracts, which will require two-sided risk. >>>



News Headlines

Hospitals for poor may struggle further under healthcare reform

U.S.News & World Report, July 18, 2012

Medical groups to CMS: Slow down on dual eligibles

Politico, July 18, 2012

CBO says military healthcare costs could soar

The Washington Post, July 18, 2012

Look closer at claim global payments are improving care

WBUR, July 18, 2012

Blue Cross Blue Shield battles NC hospitals over radiology charges

The Charlotte Observer, July 17, 2012

Reform may hit hospitals harder than insurance

Indianapolis Business Journal, July 17, 2012

Govs make risky political bet on healthcare funds

Chicago Tribune / Reuters, July 16, 2012

Global physician payments show promise as consumers wait for savings

WBUR, July 13, 2012

How a model state is implementing health reform

Reuters, July 13, 2012

Despite Gov., TX agencies expected to work with feds in health exchanges

American-Statesman, July 13, 2012



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Webcast: 4 Strategies to Transform Patient Experience

Date: July 26, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET
Don't aim for just a good patient experience; Build an exceptional, sustainable patient experience. Get proven strategies from executives at MemorialCare Health System and Fauquier Health and other industry leaders on how to tailor the message for specific departments, improve patient experience beyond the walls of the hospital—even how to sustain a patient experience transformation. >>>



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Refocus: Building the Best Physician Team

As hospitals move from a fee-for-service to value-based world, leaders are exploring how to create a physician team of generalists, specialists, and subspecialists to best meet the new needs of care.  >>>

 

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